Adventure Karts Expedition

3 ¼ Hour Duration
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From pick-up to drop-off
A Stunning Scenic Tour
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With stops for unparalleled views
Drive Your Own Kart
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14 miles in the Tongass Forest
All Gear Provided
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Helmet and rain jacket/pants


Strap yourself in for the off-road adventure of a lifetime through the grandeur of the Alaskan wilderness as you get behind the wheel of your own Polaris RZR offroad adventure kart! Cover 14 exciting miles of mountain road on your Adventure Karts Expedition, winding through dense forests and around steep curves as you climb upwards to be rewarded with stunning panoramic views of the Tongass National Forest, Behm Canal, and the Inside Passage. Explore the backcountry along forest trails while your guide sets the pace in the lead ATV and you experience one of the best Ketchikan tours for thrill-seekers. Watch out for wildlife along the way, as sighting eagles, deer, or bears only adds to the excitement!

Pick-up for the Adventure Karts Expedition is conveniently located within easy walking distance of the cruise docks in downtown Ketchikan. From here, you’ll enjoy a 25-minute drive with informative narration to the starting point for your off-road wilderness adventure. Full pant/jacket combos are provided to keep your clothing clean from flying dust or mud, as are helmets and rain gear if needed. After a short safety orientation, you can fire up the engine of your Polaris RZR and hit the road for an hour and a half of rough riding through the wilderness. There are stops along the way to change drivers and enjoy the amazing views from the highest points along the trail. Don’t worry if it rains on the big day, as the Adventure Kart Expedition offers even more fun and excitement when the trails are wet! Without a doubt, one of our best Ketchikan tours for adventure lovers, the Adventure Karts Expedition, is an outing you won’t be likely to forget!


If you love winding through scenic backroads and are also heading to Skagway, you may want to consider the Glacier Point ATV Exploration.

What's Included

Round Trip Transportation
Knowledgable Guide
Equipment & Gear: Helmets and Rain Gear
Guide Gratuities
Food & Beverages

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements/restrictions to participate?

Participants must be at least 57-inches tall and weigh between 40 and 300 pounds. Drivers must be 18 years old with valid driver’s license. This tour is not recommended for those with neck or back problems or expectant mothers.

Do I get to drive the karts?

Yes, the karts are all four-seaters and are equipped for two to four passengers each, and you will be either a driver or passenger on this excursion with opportunities to trade off along the way. Don't worry if it's your first time in this type of vehicle; no previous experience is required! Drivers must be 18 years old with valid driver’s license. 

Is this tour safe?
Absolutely - the tour is not a fast-paced excursion, and you won't be out there to break any new land-speed records. The tempo will always be within your own comfort limits, and the trail is always wide enough for passing vehicles. However, this tour is not recommended for those with neck or back problems or expectant mothers. Additionally, as with most excursions, a liability waiver is required to be signed.
Will we get dirty?
In short, yes, a little. :) Full pants and jackets are available to slip on over your existing clothes to keep the clothes you're wearing clean, but the trail can be dusty and/or muddy depending on weather conditions. With this in mind, footwear is not provided so hiking boots or shoes you don't mind getting dirty are recommended.
What if our cruise ship's schedule is canceled or delayed?
We will try our best to work with you to reschedule the tour to a later time. If that is not a possibility or your ship doesn't make it into port, then you will receive a refund, less any non-refundable fees.

Know Before You Book

Minimum Age: 5 years old • Minimum Weight: 40 lbs • Maximum Weight: 300 lbs • Minimum Height: 57 inches
This tour is not recommended for guests with neck or back injuries or expectant mothers.
This is rated as a moderate activity and suitable for most with a desire for adventure.
Tour will operate in rain or shine.
Drivers must be 18 years or older.
Cancel up to 14-days before the tour for a refund. No refund is available if canceled within 14-days of the tour. If for any reason your tour is canceled, or if your cruise ship's schedule changes, you will receive a refund. Refunds do not include any non-refundable fees. Contact us by phone or email to request a cancellation.

Quick Facts


3h 15min

Adult Rate

Child Rate

Itinerary • 3h 15min

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Transfer to Adventure Karts Base Camp from either downtown docks at Berth 2 or Ward Cove for cruise ships docking there.

30 minutes
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Safety briefing and gear fitting at the base camp to prepare you for the muddy trail ahead.

30 minutes
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Drive along the mountain trails with stops for photos. This fast-paced tour takes you through the Tongass rainforest in 4-seater karts.

1 hour 30 minutes
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Remove your muddy rain gear then use the restrooms, enjoy a light snack, or check out the shop for souvenirs.

15 minutes
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Back to your cruise ship pier or downtown Ketchikan depending on where you are docked.

30 minutes